For our Christmas collaboration with Farrow & Ball, we commissioned three of our illustrators to create unique designs that they would then print using the luscious tones of Farrow & Ball wall paint. It's not always easy to screen print with paint, but our artists have been testing and swatch-making for weeks to produce these exceptional and very limited editions.
Here's Chris Andrews' Bramblings and a Nuthatch
. Check out some questions he answered for the project below:
When did you become interested in screen printing?
I became interested in screen printing about 2 years ago, having competed an introductory course at Print Club. I realised the potential that screen printing had for my own style of illustration, and have been producing prints there ever since.
Tell us about some of your recent/favourite projects?
I've been working on a growing collection of bird prints for the last 18 months. Recent editions include a Sparrow and a Great Tit. The Sparrow has some beautiful autumnal colours for this time of year. One of my favourite prints is the first bird print I ever made at Print Club, which is a Cardinal. (See below for Chris' profile to see his other bird prints in the webstore!)
What inspired the design of your final piece for the Farrow & Ball project?
It seemed appropriate to create a composition with birds for this project, so I tried to pick some that had a winter feel, without being overtly Christmassy. The birds depicted are Bramblings, which are similar to a Chaffinch. They breed in Scandinavia and western Siberia, flying here in September. Look for them in gardens near beech woodland.
What inspired the colour palette you used for the Farrow & Ball project?
Bramblings have beautiful orange markings on their bodies, so the first colour I chose was Red Earth
for these areas. I wanted cooler colours to work against the orange to help convey a winter feel, so I chose Parma Grey
, and the much darker Hague Blue
. The white of the paper is also an important fourth colour, which works as the snow on the branches in my image, as well as the smaller white bird in the centre of the composition. Generally, I wanted a range colours that had a good variation of tone from light to dark. I nearly chose Blazer
for the red areas, but after some tests it proved a little too strong, tonally, with Hague Blue
, so I was pleased with the balance of my final colour choices.
What do you do when you're not printing?
I'm an illustrator and graphic designer, so I'm involved with a variety of commissions and projects, which change from month to month. I've recently finished a book cover for the British Library, and hope to be doing some more work with them in the future. I'm also a father of 2 small children, the youngest of which is 9 weeks old, so I'm kept busy looking after them.
In my spare time, I'm slightly obsessed with making and baking Sourdough bread, and normally have something in the oven most weekends. I'm up at 6.30am every morning with my 3 year old, so it’s a good way to use the time. Like screenprinting, I love the hand made process in bread making.
Who is/are your favourite artists?
My favourite artist is the German painter/illustrator Olaf Hajek. His work pretty much blows me away, as well as his level of output. His work has a beautiful, hand-painted naive style with sumptuous colours and textures.
How do you use artwork when decorating?
I have loads of prints (many of which are still unframed) so I tend to use neutral background colours which showcase pictures on my walls at home. I really love different shades of grey which work brilliantly against bold colours. I'm currently painting my kitchen with Hague blue
, and am really looking forward to getting some pictures up with this particular colour.
- Print Dimensions: 500mm x 700mm
- Edition of 60
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